Chaplain Duncan, Chaplain General Costin, and Dr Robert+ Grant
What gets you up in the morning/motivates and energizes you?
As you can probably tell, it’s engaging with people, helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus and live into God’s calling on their life. If I can help someone through coaching and draw things out that are already there, I find that people own it much more. So when I get up in the morning, my question is “Lord, how are we going to do this today?”
What is your daily devotional rhythm, or what does your own spiritual formation look like on a daily basis?
My quiet time in the morning is spent around the lectionary readings and morning prayer. Recalibrating to Jesus and the Word of God contained in the scriptures is the best way I can live into each new day. When I get that right, it serves as a compass to keep me on track for the day’s events.
I am also usually working my way through a book that I am studying, reading devotionally, or reading for theological development.
Who are people you have journeyed with in your life that have had significant influence?
I am thankful to have had numerous mentors and spiritual fathers in my life. Among them is Charles Simpson, who was an outstanding Bible Teacher who has influenced me through his insights into scripture.
Bishop Sandy Greene has had a significant influence in terms of the liturgical, sacramental life and a model of pastoral care in The Mission.
Gordon Fee was my Greek professor in undergrad. I didn’t realize at the time what a gold mine he was.
Bishop Chuck Murphy is someone who I have watched up close and journeyed with in the last six years. I’ve seen him chose the high road time and time again, even at his own expense.
My wife’s father was a pastor and missionary for 50 years. His wisdom has highly influenced my life and ministry.
What is the most encouraging or memorable thing that happened in your life and ministry in the last year?
The moment that comes to mind was a time last year in the early hours of the morning. I had a fresh sense of who I am in Christ. Out of my mouth, around 3 AM in the morning, came the words, “Jesus, you alone are enough.” I experienced resolution that whom I am in Christ is the primary issue. I do not require significance from title, position or role to offer a my best contribution. Being at rest with who I am in Jesus frees me to deliver my best contribution.
This was a poignant moment for me that brought some clarity to important matters I had been facing last year. We don’t realize how much we draw our identity from other things and the way people view what we do. We don’t realize how much that can tug on us and influence us. I’ve been in a transition period over the last three to four years. My role and responsibilities have been significantly changing. I’m used to being out in the field quarterbacking and calling plays. As that’s changed, I’ve been restless and uncomfortable with the times of silence. But Jesus alone is enough. I am learning to be content in who I am in Christ and to be used by Him when He choses.